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How can I make a different home made meal ever day, twice a day?

I love to cook. My boys eat a lot, and Jay loves my cooking. But its getting harder and harder to think of different meals to cook every day.
I run a small day care center and I need ideas on what to make for lunch each day. Jay works at a construction sight, so I pack a lunch for him, but still need ideas.
And supper is another issue. I feel bad because I have no idea what else to cook. Any suggestions?


Asked by Teen---Momma at 6:37 PM on Dec. 2, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • But different kinds of cook books.
    Vegetarian cook books. Slow cooker books. Mediterranean books. etc.
    it will give the kids a nice big variety so they'll never get bored and you'll have something different when you want it.

    Answer by outstandingLove at 6:40 PM on Dec. 2, 2009

  • Try looking up school lunch menu's online and using that as a guide. Their menu's will be somewhat healthy, well balanced and not too expensive to make. Some school's post online for parents but if not just stop by a local school and get one.
    For lunch my husband is generally happy with variations of sandwiches every day. Our breads vary from Pita bread, wheat slices, hoagie subs and tortillas. Use different types of meat from chicken breasts, roast beef, deli meat, pepperoni...and the list goes on. Add some veggies like Subway uses and youre good to go. Side it with a salad, fruit, chips or whatever he likes. Tacos and Pizza's work well for packed lunches too. Homeade pizzas can be packed with veggies even for your daycare. Um, hope that helps. :)

    Answer by MamaChamp at 6:43 PM on Dec. 2, 2009

  • Make a list of meals he'll eat then plan for a week or two at a time. Keep the meals rotating and he won't get bored. Here's a sample of meals I serve:

    Lunches: quick casseroles like chicken & stuffing, tuna casserole, or shepherd's pie; quick meals like pigs in a blanket, homemade chicken strips, nachos, tacos; sausage or chicken gravy over biscuits; main dish salads like ham & cheese mac salad, tuna mac salad, BLT mac salad, oriental chicken salad; stews & soups with biscuits, muffins or sandwiches

    Dinners: wet burritos, chicken & rice casserole, taco salad, teriyaki chicken & rice, sloppy joes, fried chicken, roasted chicken, burgers, pizza, chicken alfredo, chili, goulash, tator tot casserole, salisbury steak & gravy, meatloaf, chicken or beef pot pie, lasagna, spaghetti & garlic bread, beef roast, ham, pork roast, grilled or BBQ chicken, chicken tetrazzini, chicken lasagna....

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 6:48 PM on Dec. 2, 2009

  • Rachel Ray has the greatest ideas for thirty minute meals. This took some getting used to for me because I had to start going out of my comfort zone when buying ingredients to make some of the meals. But it worked out well and my family is enjoying new foods for dinner as well as some simple but different ideas for lunch.

    Answer by NikelodeonPlse at 6:49 PM on Dec. 2, 2009


    Answer by Anonymous at 6:58 PM on Dec. 2, 2009


    I try to rotate what we eat but stick to some basic things everyone likes. We usually have a taco meal every week. I switch up fish, chicken, turkey, beef. We usually have a soup meal every week, pasta weekly, and breakfast for dinner weekly. Left overs go in SO's lunch box.

    Now that I'm pregnant, we graze a lot more. I make a fruit and cheese plate in the afternoon. We have a meat, veggies, and olives plate in the evening. Then lighter meals like soup or salad are very filling. Never underestimate the power of a meats and cheeses plate with your big and little men.


    Answer by ecodani at 7:15 PM on Dec. 2, 2009

  • before you start buying cookbooks, check some out from the library. Here are my dinner menus for the last few weeks; send me a message offlist if you would like any recipes (these little boxes are too small). Week of 11/29
    Sunday-chili and cornbread
    Monday-peanut noodles
    Wednesday-Mexican lasagna
    Thursday-mushroom stroganoff
    Saturday-fondue night
    Week of 11/22
    Sunday–stew with dumplings
    Monday–SW falafel
    Wednesday – tofu fish sticks, not crab cakes, sweet potato fries
    Thursday – Thanksgiving
    Friday – Salad and leftovers
    Saturday – not home
    Week of 11/15
    Sunday – lentil sloppy joes
    Monday – peanut noodles
    Tuesday – sweet potato and black bean burritos
    Wednesday – stir fry
    Thursday – breakfast
    Friday – home made pizza f

    Answer by rkoloms at 7:18 PM on Dec. 2, 2009

  • There are a million recipe sites online

    Tasty Kitchen

    Spark Recipes

    All Recipes



    Supercook - this one is neat - you put in what ingredients you have in the house, it spits out recipes that use them.  You can also specify ingredients you don't want.



    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:59 AM on Dec. 3, 2009